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WGeo 8

Chapters 11,12,13 vocabulary

isthmus a narrow strip of land having water on both sides and joining two larger bodies of land
guerrilla a member of an armed force that is not part of a regular army; relating to a form of warfare caried on by such an independent armed force.
archipelago a group of islands
coral island a island formed by the skeletal remains of tiny sea animals and the sand and sediment piling on top of them
windward facing the wind
leeward facing away form the wind
escarpment a steep cliff that separates two level areas of differing elevation
sertao an interior plateau in Brazil with poor soil and uncertain rain
favela a slum community in a Brazilian city
mulatto a person of mixed African and European decent
bauxite A mineral used in making aluminum
llano a grassy plain
cordillera a related set of seperate mountain ranges
campesino In Latin America a tenant farmer of farm worker
altiplano A plateau region located in the Andes of Bolivia an Peru
paramo A plateau in the Andes of Ecuador
timber line The boundary in high elevations above which continious forest vegetation cannot grow
selva a forested region in Ecuador, Peru, and bolivia
plantation a large estate farmed by many workers
gasohol a fuel mixture of gasoline and ethanol
deforestation the process of striping the land of its trees
ecotourism tourism that encourages environmental awareness and has little effect on teh ecosystem
Created by: irodgers